Bishop Geoffrey James Robinson

Bishop Geoffrey RobinsonBishop Geoffrey James Robinson was born in 1937 and ordained for the Archdiocese of Sydney in 1960. He earned advanced degrees in Philosophy, Theology and Canon Law, first in Australia and subsequently in Rome.

From 1967 until 1983, after a few years as a parish priest, he taught canon law at the Catholic Institute of Sydney. In addition to serving as Chief Justice of the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal, he was secretary and then president of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand. In 1984, he was named auxiliary bishop of Sydney, combining administrative work with his Tribunal and other duties. For many years he served as the Chairman of the Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Board. He also worked extensively in the areas of ecumenism and professional standards in ministry.

From 15 February 1995 to 16 June 2004 he was the Chairman of the Catholic Education Commission NSW. As Chairman of the CEC, Bishop Robinson brought his formidable intellect, his scholarship and his concern for the human impact of the Commission’s decisions to bear on the Commission’s work. During his time, the administrative structures of the Commission Secretariat were firmly established an emphasis on consistent policy development, a strategic approach to planning and sound financial administration.

Geoffrey Robinson retired in 2004.